I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working for Seattle Christian Counseling in Bellevue and Kent. I have a passion for empowering others to experience freedom, wholeness, and love in Jesus. Wholeness and healing are not an ends in themselves but a means to know God and to become who we are meant to be as individuals and in relationship with others. I am excited to accompany you on this journey as you discover more about yourself, your relationships, and God.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
I strive to foster a caring, open environment in which you will feel comfortable to explore your deepest emotions, thoughts, concerns, and hopes. As your counselor, I seek to make you feel understood and valued for who you are. Above everything else, I desire to see life and healing and redemption in your life. My goal is to provide the professional insight, relationship, life coaching and emotional support that will nurture such healing and redemption.
What I Offer As A Christian Counselor
I offer support as both a pastor and a counselor, which means that I can draw on both of these vocations to provide you with the tools and resources to overcome personal or relational obstacles. For those with faith in Christ, I want to support and leverage your faith to address your therapeutic goals. As a Christian counselor I have an opportunity to join God in his work in your life in a small way, believing He also will utilize such means as spiritual practices and experiences and safe relationships to enable you to experience more life in Christ.
My Counseling Approach: What to Expect in Therapy
I desire for my clients to be as honest as they can, know themselves as well as they can, and take responsibility for their own choices. Honesty is the foundation for positive change and for trust and intimacy with others. Self-awareness of one’s inner world and the impact of one’s past generates choices and cultivates empathy which is the key to emotional connections and love. Self-agency, responsibility and wrestling with choices often yield the fruit of deeper character and maturity. I want to know your story, will heighten your awareness of self and urge you to be proactive and intentional in ways that reflect your values. As I get to know more about you and your needs, I will provide interpretations, resources, and encouragement for enacting change. My counseling approach is highly relational, and our work will be collaborative; I will also, when appropriate, encourage the inclusion of your loved ones and/or others within your supportive community in sessions to join us as you work toward healing and wholeness.
Areas of Expertise
- Grief and Loss
- Marriage Counseling
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- General Family Counseling
- Personal and Spiritual Development
- Men’s Issues
On a Personal Note
I am personally familiar with many of the issues my clients face, including the grief which results from the loss of a child, the angst of marital crisis, and the disappointment of professional set-backs. The Lord has brought me healing, reconciliation, freedom and growth through community, mentors, friends, prayers, and psychotherapy. My passion for Christian counseling arises from my own experience of healing in therapy, and my conviction that God can always do more than we can ask or imagine.